November 30, 2017

Watch How an $80K RED Weapon 8K VV is Made on This Factory Tour

You've already seen what RED cameras can shoot. Now you can see how they're made.

On a production floor out in Southern California, some of the best digital cinema cameras are being manufactured to be sold to professional filmmakers with a $50,000 price tag attached. I'm talking, of course, about RED Digital Cinema's line of high-end shooters. 

The company released a video earlier this month that takes you to its headquarters in Irvine, California to get a rare behind-the-scenes at its manufacturing process. It's a short video that runs less than 3 minutes and doesn't offer any explanation of or narration about what exactly is going on in the facilities, but still—you're watching some of the best, most expensive digital cameras being born, so who really cares?

It's quite a beautiful sight to behold—the artisanship, not the cameras. (Okay, the cameras, too.) As you can see in the video, RED offers a little peek at not only the Helium censor but at its new flagship camera, the $80,000 Weapon 8K VV with Monstro sensor. And look, it's all So-Cal made. Queue the warm fuzzies.      

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Helium sensor. A Very nice video, though.

November 30, 2017 at 10:26PM

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Todd Covelli
Producer | Multimedia Journalist | E.W. Scripps Co.
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I know a good amount of folks that really don't like working for that company. Feel bad for the engineers who deserve better.

December 1, 2017 at 1:37AM

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Specifically it's poor management

December 1, 2017 at 1:40AM

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What do you mean?

December 8, 2017 at 1:55AM

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David Gurney
DP
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so basically RED are all built in Mexico?

December 1, 2017 at 2:35AM

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No... they're built in SoCal, a prominently hispanic area of the country.

December 1, 2017 at 1:48PM, Edited December 1, 1:48PM

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Chris Kas
Jack of all trades
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Don't know if that comment is racist or ignorance or both. It's certainly not constructive or necessary.

December 7, 2017 at 6:23PM

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Very cool to see how the cameras are put together - LOVE my Epic-W!

December 1, 2017 at 11:41AM

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Aaron Nanto
Creator/Filmmaker
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I felt myself being surprised that everyone was not kitted out in hazmat-style anti-dust suits, hair nets and face masks.

December 7, 2017 at 3:21PM

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Graham HAY
Managing Director, Helicam International Ltd.
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